STIs (Sexually Transmitted Infections)

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STI’s, or sexually transmitted infections, are passed between people primarily as part of sexual activity. Sexual acts that involve the anus, mouth, penis, or vagina can all result in the spread of a sexual infection if protection isn’t used. Our office aims to help patients learn how to avoid contracting an STI and also treatment options for STIs. Patients who have an STI are treated with compassion and without judgment in an environment focused on helping you get and stay healthy.

Is there a difference between STI’s and STD’s?

This is a commonly asked question. For most intents and purposes outside of the medical community, they’re essentially two terms for the same thing. More technically, an STI can be thought of as an STD that is not currently exhibiting symptoms and is not in an active state. Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the infection known to be responsible for the development of cervical cancer, but most people who have HPV have not developed it. They have an STI, HPV, but not the disease associated with that organism. If you find this confusing, it’s simplest to remember that for the layman, the two terms are synonyms.

What symptoms are associated with STIs?

The term STI doesn’t describe a single condition but is an umbrella term that covers a broad range of infections that are commonly passed through sexual contact. Many STIs do happen to share symptoms, however, including the following:

  • Skin rashes
  • Pain while urinating
  • Swelling or redness near the genitals
  • Jaundice, a condition resulting in yellowing skin
  • Discharge from the vagina or penis, often accompanied by an odor.
  • non-menstrual bleeding from the vagina
  • Sores, warts, or bumps near the vagina, mouth, penis, or anus
  • Pain during sex

If you show any of these symptoms, its time to give your physician a call and get an examination.

Are STIs curable?

As mentioned above, STI is a blanket term that covers a host of conditions that range in severity and ability to be treated. When you’ve been diagnosed with an STI, your physician will let you know what treatment options are available, and whether the condition can be cured. Many STIs are curable, while others are able to be managed in a way that they have minimal impact on your life while making it less likely you’ll spread it to others. Even HIV patients can live long and healthy lives with modern treatment methods. Speaking to a physician is the best way to ensure you get healthy and stay that way after an STI diagnosis.

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